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04-17-11, 10:08 PM
By Bette Dowdell (http://www.healthiertalk.com/users/betted) on 04/17/2011

Every day of every year, people across the fruited plain engage in do-it-yourself brain damage. Sadly, they have no idea.
How can this be? I’m so glad you asked.
First, some background: Along the bottom of the brain is a small, sort of pancake-shaped thingy called the hypothalamus. And although it’s considered part of the brain, it’s not protected by the blood-brain barrier that keeps most of the bad stuff out of our brains. So it’s vulnerable.
The small, vulnerable hypothalamus controls the endocrine system, our glands that manage metabolism, energy, sex and reproduction, immunity and so on. It also controls the nervous system, which is the rest of us. In short, the hypothalamus controls pretty much everything that happens in our bodies. Get it out of whack, and your health starts sliding off the cliff.

So what gets the hypothalamus out of whack? Well, a lot of the problem comes from what we eat and drink, which we can control, so let’s talk about that.
The problem I’m talking about comes from excitotoxins. This is not a word that trips off too many tongues, so let me explain. An excitotoxin is something that damages the hypothalamus and causes brain inflammation–and lets loose all kinds of chaos in our endocrine and nervous systems, usually slowly and silently.
What kind of chaos? Well, research ties excitotoxins to neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimers, autoimmune diseases, such as MS and lupus, cancers, such as lymphoma and leukemia, and thyroid damage.
Hypothalamic damage can also lead to obesity. And it’s tied to autism.

Read more:http://www.healthiertalk.com/do-it-yourself-brain-damage-3764